Modern liberal Democrats like to talk about "choice".
About being "pro-choice".
But when it comes to school choice -- allowing inner-city children to escape the enslavement of teachers' unions -- Democrats shriek in opposition. Studies universally demonstrate "that charter students, typically from more disadvantaged families in places like Harlem, perform almost as well as students in affluent suburbs like Scarsdale." Not just in New York, but in DC and Chicago and every other city choice has been offered.
When taxpayers demand that states balance their budgets, the powerful public sector union bosses spit in their faces. In California, union bosses found a "pliant, left-wing judge in California [who] ruled that the [state] cannot furlough state workers that belong to three powerful public employees unions." Put simply, union bosses are stealing taxpayer money -- enslaving them -- without cause, justification or reason.
And that effort is no aberration: liberal Democrats continue to push for mass unionization of the workplace through purely evil mechanisms like the ill-named Employee Free Choice Act or "Card Check". This change to labor laws would allow union bosses to eliminate the secret ballot for their organizing efforts and increase the chances for intimidation and vote fraud. Though study after study after study confirms the fact that high rates of unionization -- facilitated by pro-union labor relations laws -- constrains free enterprise and hampers small business growth -- Democrats push for a virtual form of enslavement of the workplace.
Consider welfare payments. Studies show -- conclusively -- that 'no-strings' welfare payments inevitably destroy families. These payments grow single-parent families, enslave children and dramatically increase their rates of crime and incarceration.
And when it comes to health care, liberal Democrats endlessly prattle in support of "single-payer" -- wherein the government becomes the sole health insurance provider for every citizen. Of course, single-payer can't work because self-regulated monopolies never do: they simply grow more bloated, more inefficient and costlier until they finally collapse under their own weight. But, in the mean time, enslaved citizens suffer from lower quality care, reduced access and deadlier outcomes. We know this because systems without competition always end up this way.
Just a few short decades ago, when African-Americans were desperately struggling for their civil rights, the Democrat Party apparatus worked tirelessly against them. Republican Senator Everett Dirksen from Illinois spearheaded the 1964 Civil Rights Act through Congress, and was hailed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (also a Republican) as "able and courageous". King praised Dirksen "for the grand manner of his generalship behind the passage of the best civil rights measures that have ever been enacted into law since Reconstruction". Fighting viciously against Republicans -- and for a form of virtual enslavement of blacks -- were Democrat Senators like Sam Ervin, Albert Gore, Sr. and Robert Byrd (a former high-level official in the Ku Klux Klan). Byrd, in fact, mounted a filibuster against the Civil Rights Act.
This theme is nothing new. Going back as far as the Civil War, Democrats have universally chosen the side of slavery. The Republican Party was, in fact, formed to combat the scourge and 700,000 souls paid the ultimate price before victory had been achieved. During the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates, Democrat Stephen A. Douglas argued, "I hold that a Negro is not and never ought to be a citizen of the United States. I hold that this government was made... by the white men, for the benefit of white men and their posterity forever, and should be administered by white men and none others."
Finally, Republican President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 by a southern Democrat activist named John Wilkes Booth.
When you remove choice from people's lives, you reduce their state to one of slavery or, at best, some twisted form of indentured servitude.
Liberal Democrats who talk about their support of "choice" are liars. Charter schools. Health care. Welfare. Forced unionization. Slavery.
They support slavery. Of the mind, body and spirit. And they have for more than a hundred and fifty years. It is time that all those who cherish freedom reject the Democrat Party forever.